After several months of planning, Healthy Communities Delaware
(HCD) was officially launched on January 14, 2019. The Leadership Council is
now in place, and the Community Investment Council and Management team will be
formalized in early 2019. HCD expects to be operating with sustainable funding
and dedicated staff by July.
is committed to working with and supporting local community planning
efforts. Neighborhood residents know
their communities best, and so involving residents is very important. Also,
evaluation research will be an important component. Data collection and analysis will be carried
out on a continuing basis to determine what projects, programs and policies are
making a difference, which efforts should be expanded to impact more
communities, and which may need to be adapted in order to be more effective.
Hesketh, Director of Community Revitalization for CCRS, is very excited about HCD.
“The problem isn’t the lack of ideas or planning to make our communities
better, it’s the lack of resources and the alignment of these resources to
implement strategies in a plan.” According
to Dr. Peuquet, “the central goal is to encourage and align investments in low
income communities so that they become healthier places to live, learn, work
and play.” This requires sustained
effort, he says, and the initiative is designed to support this effort on a continuing
basis for many years to come.
learn more about Healthy Communities Delaware please visit: https://www.healthycommunitiesdelaware.org